A combination of Mates of State and kicking mid ’80s new wave, European duo Stereo Total deliver what we love about girl-boy bands — and with French and German accents! On “Plastic,” France’s Françoise Cactus (drums/vocals) and Germany’s Brezel Göring (guitar/synth) expose their Euro-centric pop sensibilities in a three-minute punk fest dedicated to the endurable duplicity of all things “Plastic.”
Bubblegum guitars and cartoon noise effects blast off against slight jingles of drums and Cactus’ tres francais renditions of the clever lyrics. (“She had a plastic overdose in a cheap plastic hotel… I wanna be plastic too/Less like me and more like you”.) Minimal and yet so campy, “Plastic” should come with it’s own B-52’s beehive and Jane Birkin-approved candor, “Plastic” puts punk in its place, creating a catchy riff on supposed American idealism. X-Ray Spex would be so proud. Stereo Total’s eighth album, Paris-Berlin, drops this week via Kill Rock Stars.
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